So You Want to Be a Model? (PLEASE READ POST #1 BEFORE POSTING)

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  1. lovespell

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    This thread is for asking about and sharing information about how one becomes an agency model ... how agencies work, how you get paid, what they are looking for. However ... we do not allow posting of personal infomation, stats,sizes, pictures, etc. for feedback about your suitability to be a model.

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    How does one do this?

    Do you just show up at the doorstep of an agency? Wait for a scout to spot your incredible beauty in some obscure place and beg you to come model for them :rolleyes: ? Send pictures in?

    Does anyone have the addresses of well known modeling agency's?

    How many and what kind of pictures do you send in? Do they have to be taken by a pro, or can they just be snapshots?

    What other info do you need to send with them?

    What are agencies really looking for? I mean, they have a ton of beautiful thin girls dying to model for them. What's the deciding factor?

    Does anyone on here work "behind the scenes" in the modeling world?

    I'm so curious. :P
     
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  2. purplelucrezia

    purplelucrezia New Member

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    You should ask almostfamous, she's a well-known model. :flower:
     
  3. lovespell

    lovespell New Member

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    Taylor, you are stunning!

    Any info would be much appreciated. :flower:
     
  4. AlmostFamous

    AlmostFamous Active Member

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    I'm off for the family new years eve thing, but I WILL respond. I promise!!! B) :flower:
     
  5. AlmostFamous

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    Hello!

    Well-known, I wish, someday.

    Anywho! You asked all the right questions. Its not often that happens. Its more like, "I'm 5'2, look like reese witherspoon and my friends think I'm pretty. Do you think I can be a model?". But yay for you! :smile:

    Alright, yes. Most top models were discovered. Whether walking down the street, eating McD's, so be it. Either discovered by agents themselves or photographers. I would be extra extra careful with any "photographers" that were to approach you. They may say they are a well known photog, and even use the right name. But, how many well known photographers are known for what they look like? Not ANY! Be careful. Also stay away from any "online agencies". Rediculous concept people. Plain rediculous. I'm not going to elaborate, just stay away.(E Model, Wilhelmina Scouting Network **not to be confused with the actual Wilhelmina Agency, Wish Network, and so on).

    Modeling conventions. Okay. Good and bad. Good if you can't travel to NYC or La. But, if you can't travel to nyc or la, you better reconsider this whole modeling thing. Yes, there may be modeling "agencies", in almost every major city in this country. But, whether or not there is a working market, thats a completely different story. REAL MODELING-NYC! Secondary, LA. POINT BLANK PERIOD!!! Chicago-A few catalogues, Miami-Bathing suits, umm thats it. Back to the conventions, waste of money, you PAY to be seen by all these agencies at the same time. Thousands of girls will be there. How do you know that your 30 seconds on the "catwalk", all the possible agencies will be looking at you, and not out the window. Um, exactly.

    I do not advise you to walk around the streets of NY or LA waiting for someone to discover you, nor do I want you to waste any money on Modeling Conventions. What I would like you to do is......
    get yourself in front of a white wall.
    in a bathing suit.
    little or no make up please. :smile:
    no posing.

    have you photos/polaroids look like this.

    http://modemodels.com/become_a_model/snaps...oguidelines.htm


    Want to know if you really have what it takes? Send these photos into the top ten agencies for Women in NYC. These are the most coveted agencies for a girl to become signed to. If one, or more!, are interested, you have a great chance of working. Although, just because you get signed, does not mean you will work!

    If possible!!!!!!! Call alllllll these agencies and find out their open call times. Open call-A mini interview with someone for each of these agencies. If they like you, a possible polaroid will be taken, you may have to walk for the rest of the agents on the board. And maybe even be presented with a contract right on the spot!!! Be sure to bring your photos/polaroids with you! Dress simply. Not too distracting. Make sure what you are wearing shows off your insane body! Little or no make up. And its okay to be nervous! And its okay if they say no! If they ask you to come back in a couple of months, GREAT!!! If you do not get a positive response from ANY of these agencies. You may want to reconsider. You do NOT want to go wasting any money on professional photo tests, portfolios, online portfolios, etc. Its just not realistic. :smile:

    You should know! These agencies have uber tough requirements.

    Females- 5'8+ 34-24-34 ages 16-24 ALWAYS exceptions, but realistically, please. :smile:

    With your photos you should include your:
    First Name
    Last Name
    Address
    Telephone Number
    Height
    Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements
    Eye Color
    Hair Color
    Age

    Best of Luck!!!!!!!! :flower:
    :lucky:

    Top Ten Agencies For Women. Models.com


    10 Major
    381 Park Avenue South, #1501
    New York, NY, 10016
    United States
    tel: 212 685 1200
    fax: 212 683 5200
    email: [email protected]

    9 Karin
    6 W 14 Street, 3rd Floor
    New York, NY , 10011
    United States
    tel: 646 638 3330
    fax:
    email: [email protected]

    8 T Management
    91 Fifth Avenue,
    New York, NY, 10003
    United States
    tel: 212-924-7779
    fax: 212-645-4940

    7 Ford
    142 Greene Street,
    New York, NY, 10012
    United States
    tel: 212 219-6500
    fax: 212 966-1531
    web site: http://fordmodels.com

    6. Vision
    111 West 17th Street, 4th Floor
    New York, NY, 10001
    United States
    tel: 212-414-4323
    fax: 212-414-4436

    5. New York Models! Woo!! (My agency :wink:)
    596 Broadway, 7th Floor
    New York, NY, 10012
    United States
    tel: (212) 539 1700
    fax:
    web site: http://www.newyorkmodels.com/

    4. (tied) Marilyn
    300 Park Ave South, 2nd floor
    New York , NY, 10010
    United States
    tel: 212-260-6500
    fax: 212-260-0821
    web site: http://www.marilynagency.com

    4. (tied) Elite
    111 East 22nd Street,
    New York, NY, 10010
    United States
    tel: 212-529-9800
    fax:
    web site: http://www.elitemodel.com

    3.(tied) 1 Model Mgmt
    424 West Broadway, 2nd floor
    New York, NY , 10012
    United States
    tel: 212-431-0054
    fax: 212-431-1723
    email: [email protected]

    3.(tied). NeXt
    23 Watts Street, 5th floor
    New York, NY, 10013
    United States
    tel: 212 925 3900
    fax: 212 925 3905
    web site: http://www.nextmodels.com

    2. (tied) Dna
    520 Broadway, 11th Floor
    New York, NY, 10012
    United States
    tel: 212 226 0080
    fax: 212 226 2566
    email: [email protected]
    web site: http://www.dnamodels.com/

    2. (tied) Women
    199 Lafayette Street, 7th Floor
    New York, NY, 10012
    United States
    Check this Agency's BBB Record
    tel: 212-334-7480
    fax: 212-334-7492
    web site: http://www.womenmanagement.com

    1. IMG
    304 Park Avenue South, 12th Floor
    New York, NY, 10010
    United States
    Check this Agency's BBB Record
    tel: 212 253-8884
    fax: 212 253-8883

    :flower:
     
  6. lele

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    wow that was really nice of you almostfamous.....i am sure lovespell will be more than thankful for all your info!!!!
     
  7. lovespell

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    Thanks for all the wonderful, realistic advice Taylor. Very helpful, and much appreciated. :heart:
     
  8. CaptainJackSparrow

    CaptainJackSparrow El Capitán

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    i agree! that was very informative for those that aren't pursuing modeling as well...good to know!...thanx! :flower:
     
  9. AlmostFamous

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    Before I could start modeling, I had to convince my mom I was ready. Remember, I was a little 14 years old! haha This is alllll the information I came up with after about a year of research. I only wish I had someone around to answer all my questions...at once. :P
     
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    You're really helpful, almostfamous.

    The info you provided are sure to be very informative for those young ladys :flower:
     
  11. santsa

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    almostfamous! how old are you and what agency are you in.. id like to see your pictures :wink:
     
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    ...so say if someone is 5'5" there's no hope? or should they still try the same agencies for print work..or what do u guys think? :unsure:
     
  13. AlmostFamous

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    Realistically, if you are not between the ages of 16 and 20, 5'8, and have never modeled before. You will probably NOT get a top nyc agency. I'm not saying that no one could get signed by any agency. But I'm talking about top NYC agencies. The ONLY agencies that will get their models work. If you want to sign with an agency just to be able to say that you are a model, then there are tons of agencies for that.

    90% of print models are 5'8+. Most companies use the same agencies, which happen to be the top agencies in NYC. Which most, if not all, of their models are 16-20 and 5'8+.

    There's absolutely nooooo harm in sending in your pictures or going to open calls, even if you do not meet their listed requirements. You never know. They might just see something!

    But remember, the most notorious of the tiny models were discovered. They never really wanted to be models in the first place. The agencies knew exactly what they wanted, and saw it in these unconventionally short girls. If Devon and kate were 5'10, they STILL would have worked like Crazy and had super model status. B)
     
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    I'm signed with new york model mgmt.
    http://imaging.modelwire.com/servlet/AutoP...7O1047681772000
    me
    :P [/b][/quote]
    do you live in new york???
     
  16. purplelucrezia

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    Really interesting Taylor, even for non-models... :flower:
     
  17. AlmostFamous

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    do you live in new york??? [/b][/quote]
    I live three hours from new york. I'm like an "on call" model. Whenever they need me, I'm there. I just have to know the day before. If its that important, it can be reschedualed.

    During exam week last year, I booked a job for what I didn't know at the time was a really really really kick *** Italian mag that would have brought GREAT tears in my book. My booker got really mad at me for not being able to go to this job because I had a final exam in Spanish that day. W/o that exam, I would have not passed 10th grade. I guess you have to have priorities. :cry:
     
  18. solider

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    I'm signed with new york model mgmt.
    http://imaging.modelwire.com/servlet/AutoP...7O1047681772000
    me
    :P [/b][/quote]
    In some of your pictures I really think you look a bit like Mini Anden...
     
  19. tealady

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    Yes, you do have to have priorities and I'm so glad that your education is one of them! Good luck, taylor!!! :kiss:
     
  20. AlmostFamous

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    In some of your pictures I really think you look a bit like Mini Anden... [/b][/quote]
    I get that quite often, and I cannot complain. She is one of my FAVE models, ever. Mini, May, and Tetyana B. B)


    TeaLady-there isn't any getting around it, to do anything after modeling, you need to have an education. :smile: :smile:
     

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